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Rick Ross assassination attempt might have links to Gangster Disciples
Jan-30-2013 504 0

There is no shortage of suspects in Monday's assassination attempt on well-known rap star Rick Ross. And they all lead back to Chicago.

Ross survived a shooting ambush in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Monday morning.

The worst kept secret in the rap world has been a dispute between Ross and the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples. Ross was apparently targeted by gang leaders after he used some of their signs, symbols and logos without paying them the required fees.

Over the past few months, gang members have posted video death threats against the rapper on YouTube. Monday, a hit squad opened fire on Ross in South Florida.

There was a spray of gunfire just before daybreak on the silver Rolls Royce being driven by rapper Rick Ross, stage name for William L. Roberts.

"Nine or 10 shots, rapid fire," said a witness. "AK-47 or pretty large rifle, it was definitely a rifle."

Fort Lauderdale police tell the I-Team that they cannot confirm nor dismiss whether the allege threats to the rap star are legitimate but that detectives are examining the forensic evidence.

Despite all the bullets, rapper Ross, celebrating his 37th birthday Monday, was not hurt and neither was his girlfriend in the car, which crashed into an apartment.

Videos claiming to have been posted by Gangster Disciple members in cities across the U.S. all say that the rapper needs to pay the gang or he will be killed.

Authorities in South Florida say the motive for the attack is unclear.

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Carlos Walker, a.k.a. the rapper Shawty Lo, was killed in a fiery car wreck on I-285 in Atlanta early Wednesday morning.

His manager confirmed the news to CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV.

Police say Walker may have been the victim of a hit and run. They have yet to find the vehicle apparently involved in the wreck that fled the scene.

Police say one of the vehicles involved went over a guard rail and caught fire.

Walker’s vehicle, a 2016 Audi, struck a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn and catch fire.

He was ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene. Two women also in the car with him were also injured and taken to the hospital, but their condition and identities are not known at this time.

Walker released his first solo record in 2007, and is famous for a series of hits, including “Dey Know,” “Laffy Taffy,” “Betcha Can’t Do it Like Me,” and “Foolish.

Walker also made headlines in 2013 for attempting to put on a reality show with the Oxygen network about his 11 children with various mothers.

Oxygen Media pulled the plug on “All My Babies’ Mamas,” which was meant to follow Walker, the 10 women with which he has children, as well as his many children around Atlanta.

“All My Babies’ Mamas” got a hostile public reception after Oxygen announced its creation, leading to a petition with thousands of signatures calling for Oxygen to shut it down.

The Parents Television Council called the program’s concept “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive” and pledged to contact advertisers of the show if it reached the air.

Previously, Oxygen denied charges that the show was meant to be “a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society,” but rather would reveal “the complicated lives of one man, his children’s mamas and their army of children.”

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nancy dillon Sep-16-2016 88 0
Bobbi Kristina Brown's ex-boyfriend Nick Gordon is legally responsible for her death, a judge ruled Friday after Gordon bailed on a Fulton County, Ga., court hearing.

A jury will now determine damages owed to Brown's conservator in the $50 million wrongful death civil lawsuit alleging Gordon had been responsible for injuries that preceded the aspiring singer's July 2015 death, according to the court order obtained by the Daily News.

Because Gordon was a no-show after ignoring discovery requests and plaintiff motions, the judge admitted as "fact" the allegations made by Brown's estate.

“You simply can’t avoid justice, and you can’t thumb your nose at a court process," estate lawyer R. David Ware told The News. "But this is more about Bobbi Kristina Brown and showing without any question that Mr. Gordon is legally responsible for her injuries and death. We look forward to having a jury tell us what that’s worth."

A date for the jury trial has not been set, but will likely be before the end of the year, Ware said.

The estate’s attorneys cited Gordon’s April "Dr. Phil" interview — during which Gordon, 26, admitted he’d “ignored this lawsuit and its consequences” amid other revelations concerning Brown’s drug use and eventual death — as evidence he had “thumbed (his) nose” at the court, tweeted a reporter from NBC affiliate 11Alive, which first reported the news.

"It’s been a long time. They should have been gotten him. He should have been arrested," Brown's aunt Leolah Brown told the news station following the hearing. "He's ignorant; he's arrogant. He thinks he's above the law. He's not."

Just a week after Gordon’s drama-filled daytime TV interview, Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, added his name to the wrongful death lawsuit. Gordon’s interview also prompted a conservator for Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate to file a renewed motion against Gordon for his decision to chat about the case on television.

“The defendant ignores this Court's mandates but freely discusses his role in the incident which led to the horrific injuries to decedent Bobbi Kristina,” the court document stated.

The only daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston was found in a bathtub Jan. 31, 2015 face-down and unresponsive, and later died in hospice care after a six-month coma. Her death resulted from drowning and mixed drug intoxication, according to the autopsy report unsealed earlier this year.

Brown's conservator's multi-million dollar wrongful death suit, meanwhile, alleged Gordon had caused her brain damage by knocking her out with a drug cocktail and leaving her in a tub filled with cold water.

Gordon, who has repeatedly maintained his innocence, has not been charged criminally. A criminal investigation into Brown's death remains ongoing.
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Katt Williams has been arrested again, the latest in a series of encounters the comedian has had with Georgia law officers, authorities said Friday.

Williams - whose real name is Micah Sierra Williams - was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Thursday on a warrant charging him with second-degree criminal damage to property, jail records show.

Few other details about the charge were immediately available.

Drew Findling, a lawyer for Williams, said he would provide a statement later Friday.

The comedian has been arrested several times this year at various places in metro Atlanta, and near his home in the Gainesville area northeast of the city, where he lives near Lake Lanier.

On Feb. 29, Williams was charged with battery after arguing with a worker at a swimming pool supply store in the Gainesville area. The worker told deputies Williams went behind the counter and punched him.

On March 8, the comedian was taken into custody on charges that he threatened to kill his bodyguard during an attack inside the celebrity's home. Williams threatened the bodyguard with death while an acquaintance beat him with a baseball bat and choked him, Hall County sheriff's Deputy Nicole Bailes said.

On March 30, Williams was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after police say he fought with a 17-year-old boy at an apartment complex in Gainesville.

On April 27, Williams was arrested in the Atlanta suburb of East Point after police said he threw a salt shaker at a restaurant manager, bloodying the employee's lip.

He also was arrested this summer in the Los Angeles area, where prosecutors charged him with misdemeanor battery after a confrontation with a woman in a parking lot.
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Meera Jagannathan Sep-07-2016 130 0
Zendaya Coleman claimed she’d been stiffed by a store clerk because of her “skin tone” in a lighthearted series of Snapchat videos Tuesday, echoing the seminal 1990 rom-com's most memorable scene.

“So we just got out of this Vons. Now, I’m trying to buy a lot of gift cards ... there are certain limits and some things, which is understandable; OK, cool,” the Disney Channel alum, who is biracial, told the camera. “But the lady that was helping us, I don’t think she was a huge fan of our skin tone.”

“In fact, I recall her not trying to help us at all, saying that we couldn’t buy the gift cards, and then throwing my wallet ... I just can’t make this s--t up,” she added. “And she was like, ‘You can’t afford this’ was how she looked at me ... Long story short, there’s so much progress to be done in our world.”

Coleman, accompanied by a male friend, later clarified it had been more of a “toss” than a “throw,” and said she’d ultimately procured the gift cards — totaling $400 — thanks to a manager.

Despite allegedly having been the target of discrimination, she appeared in good spirits over the ordeal, declaring, “You know what? It’s all love.”

“Maybe she’ll go on to have a wonderful life,” the actress remarked.

The supermarket chain has yet to comment publicly on the alleged incident. A press rep did not immediately return an email from the Daily News.

Tuesday was but the latest time Coleman, 20, found herself at the center of a race-related controversy.

Just last month, her rumored casting as traditionally white redhead Mary Jane Watson in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” drew internet-troll backlash.

Earlier this summer, she told Cosmopolitan she’d ditched a publicist after being advised to “just be happy” with her hair and makeup on a photo shoot because “they haven’t had a black girl on the cover since forever.”

She also famously schooled Giuliana Rancic last year after the “Fashion Police” host suggested Coleman’s dreadlocks smelled “like patchouli oil ... and maybe weed.”

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nicole bitete Sep-06-2016 290 0
Keshia Knight Pulliam wants Ed Hartwell to pay her — or spend some time behind bars.

The "Cosby Show" actress is asking a judge to lock up her estranged husband because he hasn't given her any money after he agreed to pay her, according to TMZ .

Pulliam claims Hartwell signed an agreement after he blindsided her by filing for divorce on July 25, the gossip site reported.

The amount she's supposed to receive is confidential, but court records state that she wants her former NFL player husband behind bars if he doesn't writer her the check she's been waiting for.

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Hartwell, 38, filed for divorce from his 37-year-old wife just one week after she announced she was pregnant with their first child.

Since news of the divorce broke, Pulliam claimed that her husband cheated on her during their seven month marriage, while the footballer requested the actress take a paternity test to prove the unborn child was actually his.

Pulliam demanded ownership of the couple's Atlanta house and other money and assets the two possessed during their time together, TMZ reported in July.

The Newark, N.J. native also requested full possession of the money and property she owned before she married Hartwell back in January.
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Bill Cosby received a tentative June 5 trial date Tuesday as prosecutors on his felony sex assault case said they want to call 13 other accusers to testify.

Dressed in a light blue seersucker jacket, the 79-year-old comedian was in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom for the pre-trial developments along with defense lawyer Brian J. McMonagle.

In a related court filing, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele argued the 13 accusers are needed to show Cosby's history of "prior bad acts" leading up to his alleged 2004 doping and groping of Temple University women's basketball manager Andrea Constand.

The Constand allegations led to his arrest for aggravated sexual assault last December.

Steele didn't name the 13 women but described one as an aspiring actress who was working at the Playboy Club in New York City when she first met Cosby in the early 1970s.

Cosby lured the 20-something woman into what she considered a "sincere friendship" but then secretly drugged and sexually assaulted her after she refused some Quaaludes that he offered, the filing states.

Some of the other Jane Doe accusers were identifiable by the details in the filing, including Therese Serignese.

Serignese, now a registered nurse living in Florida, previously told the Daily News she was just 18 or 19 years old when Cosby met her in the Hilton gift shop around 1976 and invited her backstage after his show.

He told her to take two white pills and then sexually assaulted her in a green room, she said.

Serignese later penned a guest column for The News explaining why she never went to police.

"I knew if I went public back in 1976, I would be crucified. People would ask, 'Why did you take the pills? What were you wearing?'" she wrote. "I was incredibly naive. I hadn't been around the block. I trusted him and cooperated. I felt like I let it happen."

Cosby admitted in deposition testimony given for Constand's civil lawsuit that he gave Quaaludes to Serignese and had sex with her. He described it as consensual.

Serignese is now suing Cosby for defamation in a lawsuit filed with other accusers in federal court in Massachusetts.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill did not rule Tuesday on whether the other accusers - which also include a flight attendant and a masseuse - could testify at trial.

O'Neill also heard arguments but did not rule on whether prosecutors could use Cosby's prior deposition or a phone call recorded by Constand's mother in 2005.

McMonagle, meanwhile, said Tuesday he's worried his client can't get a fair trial in Montgomery County and said he'll likely ask for the proceeding to be moved to another county.

He also sent a letter to the judge saying Cosby is blind, O'Neill said.

The judge said Cosby might need special accommodations to follow the action when his trial gets underway.
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PETER SBLENDORIO Sep-01-2016 108 0
Singer John Legend is the latest big name to voice his opposition against “The Star-Spangled Banner."

The award-winning artist slammed the American national anthem as "weak" in response to a tweet stating that the song "celebrates the murder of African-Americans."

"My vote is for America the Beautiful. Star spangled banner is a weak song anyway. And then you read this…" Legend tweeted, linking back to an article calling the national anthem a "celebration of slavery."

And while the 37-year-old's stance was met with some support, a wave of followers ambushed him with backlash for his polarizing take.

Despite the naysayers — including one who urged him to "stop spewing this radicalized nonsense" — Legend remained steadfast in his criticism of the anthem.

"For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song?" he wrote. "I don't and I'm very good at singing it. Like, one of the best."

Legend sang the national anthem at Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Golden State in June, but told a follower he didn’t know about the song’s alleged history at the time.

The "All of Me" singer's disapproval of "The Star-Spangled Banner" came just days after NFL star Colin Kaepernick sparked a national debate by opting not to stand for the song during a San Francisco 49ers pre-season game last Friday.

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"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media of his decision. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Kaepernick's choice not to stand for the anthem elicited contrasting responses from his fellow athletes, with Giants players Victor Cruz, Justin Pugh and Rashad Jennings each voicing respect for the anthem.

Others, meanwhile, have supported the San Francisco quarterback's decision to express his beliefs.

"The easy thing to do is to make fun of Kap and his play," Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn tweeted. "How about trying to understand where he's coming from ... but that would be too hard."
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Nicole Bitette Aug-31-2016 115 0
The woman who accused Chris Brown of pulling a gun on her is wanted in connection to a grand larceny incident in New York City.

Ex-beauty queen Baylee Curran was vacationing at The Plaza hotel in 2013 with two friends from California when they got into an argument. Curran fled with one of the women, Julia Parle, who stole a wallet filled with credit cards and cash totaling up to $1,000 from their friend, according to a spokesperson for the NYPD.

A rep for the dethroned Miss Regional California 2016 told TMZ that she had no idea she was wanted for questioning in NYC. Although there is not a warrant out for Curran, if NYPD officers find her in New York City, they can take her in for questioning.

Curran, 24, called the cops on Brown on Tuesday after she alleges he pointed a gun at her for admiring some jewelry.

Chris Brown, 27, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday. He was later released on $260,000 bail. "Chris went crazy, yelling at me, 'Don't f---ing touch the jewelry,'" she told the Daily News. "Then Chris took out his gun and said, 'Get the f--k out of the house.'"

Brown, 27, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, which is a felony. He was later released on $260,000 bail.
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MELANIE DOSTIS Aug-30-2016 88 0
A grieving T-Pain is asking fans to help find the "coward" who killed his niece outside a Florida Walgreens on Tuesday morning.

Javone Glover, 23, was stabbed to death outside the West Tallahassee drug store and police have issued an arrest warrant for 25-year-old, Tavon Q. Jackson, who fled the scene after the senseless killing, officials said.

Glover worked at the pharmacy and leaves behind a two-year-old baby girl. She died shortly after officers arrived at the scene, Tallahassee police said in a statement.

Jackson's whereabouts are still unknown and police released three photos of him inside Walgreens.

"The police are still lookin for the coward ass n----- that just killed my niece at Walgreens in Tallahassee. If you got info pls help out," the rapper tweeted

The Grammy-winning artist, born Faheem Rasheed Najm, hails from Tallahassee and his stage name stands for "Tallahassee Pain."

The 30-year-old rapper thanked fans for their support and begged media outlets to "leave my family the f--- alone."

Police released these images of suspect, Tavon Jackson.
The "Up Down" singer also shared a caption-less selfie of his cousin, simply adding the emojis for peace, heart and praying hands.

He later shared a link to a local story about Glover's death and posted an image to his Instagram account of her suspected killer.

Meanwhile, Glover's Facebook page was flooded with condolences from friends, family members and strangers.

"I knew Javona from my being a frequent customer at Walgreens. She was the sweetest little girl and always had a smile and a kind, helpful personality," a mourner named Tom Griffith wrote. "It was a true pleasure to see her when I entered."

A rep for T-Pain did not immediately return the Daily News' request for comment.
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